It came as an unpleasant surprise: there is no viewer for SSRS reports shipped with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations On-Premises. Even worse, Microsoft has no plans to support it – ever!
The following features are not intended for use in on-premises deployments. There are no plans to implement these features in on-premises deployments:
SSRS Report Viewer control – SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) does not support a report viewer control that is compatible with the on-premises web client.
The Screen print destination is now missing from the Print destination settings form, and when you try to preview a report such as Invoice or Purchase order, you get the sad message: Print destination Screen is not supported in current environment, redirected print destination to PDF file.
Ok, fine. So we should redirect report execution from Screen to File in Print Management setup. Let’s try it! The output file is getting printed twice to the target folder:
Well, a life without report viewer wouldn’t be so frustrating, if the File print destination weren’t so limited. Namely, at this point you can print files to a shared folder only. Also, each execution of a Print Management report always results in a new subfolder containing the output file, and when many users prints invoices or purchase orders multiple times, it can easily become tricky to locate your own output files. It would help if we could set up output filenames using placeholders. But sadly, with standard SSRS this is not possible, at least not through the Print destination settings form.
Nevertheless, it’s not all so bad. There is a remedy for that and it’s completely free – Docentric AX Free Edition, a free D365FO add-on. No matter you have a cloud or on-premises Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations environment you will enjoy a 100% accurate report viewer that is embedded directly in your D365FO and will also allow you to download the currently open report, or to send it to a local printer.
And that’s not all! You can use exactly the same Copy Preview and Original Preview buttons for Print Management reports. Learn how >>
Besides, you will also be able to download report output files directly in your browser when printing reports to a shared folder, and to use placeholders in your output filenames and target folders.
Moreover, Docentric AX Free Edition offers a superior HTML editor with placeholders for Email body, additional Email attachments, the use of placeholders in Email subject and output filenames; saving reports to SharePoint, Azure blob storage, Attachments and File system; improved Print archive and more.
You can immediately download and try it out yourself. This add-on acts as a lightweight component in D365FO in the form of AX models, and you will not spend more than 15 minutes to install it. Besides, it only uses extensions (no overlayering) which makes it a completely safe choice for any of your D365FO projects.
Check out the comparison: SSRS PDF Viewer vs. Docentric Viewer >>